Breakfast with Santa – Wyevale Garden Centre

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially if you are a child or have young children around you.  The excitement of the big day is magical and there are lots of ways you can help build this excitement.
 
We’ve begun the count down to Christmas Eve/Christmas Day now, with advent calendars, School Nativities and Carol concerts.  Yesterday the children wrote their letters to Santa in preparation of meeting him today for a special event.
 
We headed over to Wyevale Garden Centre in Enfield this morning for a special breakfast with Santa.  We arrived in plenty of time as we are local and know just how busy the garden centres get at this time of the year, in fact we arrived before it opened but the kids didn’t mind and it gave us a chance to the wander the centre and buy a few new Christmas decorations.
 
At 9.30am we headed for the café where all those who had pre-booked the Santa’s breakfast were led to a decorated table for their breakfast.  The children had colouring in and crayons laid out ready for them, with plastic cutlery and a plastic beaker as well as a bag of chocolate coins each.  The tables were set with crackers for everyone to pull which put us all in the festive spirit from the off.  Christmas music is playing and the staff happily mingle with the children to help build the excitement – there was even one of Santa’s elves helping in the café!
 
 
 
Breakfast was pre-ordered so there was no waiting around for orders to be taken and while the food was being cooked the children could enjoy the mini soft-play area.
 
I have to say a HUGE thank you at this point to the events organiser, sadly I didn’t catch her name but she made such a fuss of Emmy and Harry that they were so at ease and happy, Harry especially took a real shine to her and wouldn’t stop talking to her and making her laugh.  It was lovely to watch as her excitement helped make it magical for the children.
 
They children were given the choice of Blackcurrent Squash, Orange Squash or Water which was topped up throughout the course of the morning.  Parents could chose between Tea, Coffee or Water and this was also topped up if you wanted more.
Breakfast was a full English with Sausage, Scrambled Egg, Hash Brown, Beans and Toast fingers for the children, while the adults had Sausage, Bacon, Mushroom, Grilled Tomatoe, Hash Brown, Black Pudding, Beans and Toast.  It was beautifully cooked, hot and delicious.
 
After breakfast it was time to help Santa’s Elf find Santa who had disappeared but left us a map – this saw the children and the grown up’s searching the garden centre shouting for Santa.  The children found this hilarious and the other shoppers seemed amused to see a trail of children all shouting at the top of their voices and jumping around excitedly.

Emmy and Harry were very taken with the events organiser –
she was wonderful with them.

 

The trail took us back to the café where we found Santa – Emmy and Harry rushed straight up to give him their letters before sitting patiently with the other children while Santa chatted to them.
 
He then gave them all a present (which was pre-wrapped with their names on) and the children could chat with him some more and have their pictures taken.
 

Once all the children had their gifts we sat at our tables again where magically Christmas biscuits had been left for the children to decorate – they all sat happily and piped icing onto their trees and decorated with sprinkles, chocolate buttons and chocolate stars.

Once finished they were given take-away boxes so they could take these home with them. 

 
Santa mingled with the children while they decorated their biscuits and chatted with them.
 
We all had a wonderful morning and it was a fantastic way to help build the excitement for the children.  This is definitely something we will repeat again next year as it was so lovely for the children.  I was very impressed with the gifts from Santa too – Harry had a Play Doh Numbers and Letters set and Emmy received a board game.
 
If you aren’t an early bird the garden centres also offer Tea with Santa from 3pm with dates running up until 24th December.
 
You need to book and I would suggest doing so in advance as spaces are now limited.
Breakfast with Santa costs £9.99 for children (this includes their breakfast, a present from Santa and a Christmas cookie to decorate), £7.99 for adults – for a full breakfast or £3.99 for a mini breakfast which includes pastry, tea or coffee.
 
Tea with Santa costs £9.99 for a hot children’s tea
  • Cheesy bean boat (V), chicken goujons or sausages, with chips or mash, and beans or peas. Served with unlimited squash.
  • Plus a Christmas present, a festive fun activity sheet and Christmas cookie decorating
  • or £9.99 for a cold tea

  • Any 5 items from “My Picnic” range
  • Plus a Christmas present, a festive fun activity sheet and Christmas cookie decorating
  • Adults meals are £7.99 (Festive turkey sandwich or brie, spiced onion chutney and baby gem lettuce sandwich (v) with a mince pie, sweet treat and pot of tea or medium filter coffee)
    or £3.99 for a mini tea A slice of cake and a pot of tea or medium filter coffee
    *Children must be accompanied by a paying adult
    If you would like to book a breakfast of lunch date with Santa then you can do so on the website: www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk

    Disclaimer: We were guests of Wyevale Garden Centre, all thoughts and opinions are my own and unbiased.

     

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